Oculus Acquires 3D Mapping Company: Surreal Vision

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Oculus Announced Today Surreal Vision is Joining Oculus Team!

Oculus VR has always been regarded as a fully immersive virtual reality gaming and app focused company, which sets them apart from interacting with the physical world. However, things are about to change for them today, because “mix reality” apparently is on Oculus’s menu.

 

Oculus acquired 3D mapping company, Surreal Vision, so Oculus would have the ability to integrate physical objects with the virtual world.

 

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Surreal Vision is a leading computer vision company that specializes in real-time 3D scene reconstruction, generating an accurate representation of the real world in the virtual world.

 

Surreal Vision aims to flawlessly capture and reconstruct, in real-time, the physical world inside the virtual world. The goal is that the user wouldn’t be able to distinguish between the physical world projections inside the virtual space!

 

This type of scene reconstruction technology will revolutionize a new way to experience virtual telepresence, enabling user to be truly “teleported” to a virtual space without actually being there.

 

The three co-founders of Surreal Vision have all received their PhD’s in computer vision at the Imperial College London.

 

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Surreal Vision Founders

Richard Newcombe is the inventor of KinectFusion, DynamicFusion and DTAM (Dense Tracking and Mapping) and co-inventor of SLAM++

 

Renato Salas-Moreno, the inventor of SLAM++ (SLAM at the level of objects), and Dense Planar SLAM

 

Steven Lovegrove, the co-inventor of DTAM and author of SplineFusion.

 

The Surreal Team is very excited about joining Oculus, and at below, the team shares their future vision with us.

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“From the human point of view, the world is constantly in motion. As we move around, our eyes dart about the scene and the rich dynamical nature of the scene’s contents come flooding in. We’re able to make sense of those changing signals to produce a coherent understanding of the world we live in, which we effortlessly navigate and interact with. Over the past three decades, a great deal of work in computer vision has attempted to mimic human-class perceptual capabilities using color and depth cameras.”

 

“At Surreal Vision, we are overhauling state-of-the-art 3D scene reconstruction algorithms to provide a rich, up-to-date model of everything in the environment including people and their interactions with each other. We’re developing breakthrough techniques to capture, interpret, manage, analyse, and finally reproject in real-time a model of reality back to the user in a way that feels real, creating a new, mixed reality that brings together the virtual and real worlds.”

 

“Ultimately, these technologies will lead to VR and AR systems that can be used in any condition, day or night, indoors or outdoors. They will open the door to true telepresence, where people can visit anyone, anywhere.”

 

“Much progress has been made toward this future, but significant challenges remain. For virtual reality, the accuracy and quality of the continuously updating 3D reconstruction must be near flawless, which is a requirement almost no other modern computer vision problem faces. When we cross these seminal thresholds, users will perceive the virtual world as truly real – and that is the experience we’re driving toward.”

 

“By achieving the ability to continuously reconstruct and track the world around us, we’ll be able to build an understanding of the world at a semantic level. This will bring the power of the digital world to the myriad of interactions we as humans perform everyday, leading toward a breakthrough in human-computer interaction and a computing platform that has true spatial awareness.”

 

“Given the team, the resources, and this shared vision, there’s no better place for us to help bring about these breakthroughs than Oculus. We’re incredibly excited for the future.” — Richard and the Surreal Vision team”

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Author: VR Reporter

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